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Hi... Looking at doing a trip next year from Brisbane Australia. Is deadwood worth seeing or would we be better seeing Custer park and the badlands? The history of deadwood interest both my husband and I. Trying to work out best place to fly into and how to get around as neither of us have driven in US before? We won't to go from this area to Seattle any suggestions for an itinerary?? Never been to US before ( except Hawaii ) which is pretty much like our Gold Coast for tourism :-)

Any suggestions? We will have about a month to do this area , fly to Seattle and do a cruise into Alaska ? Maybe 5 weeks??

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1. Re: Deadwood

If you allow about three days time in the area, there's no reason you cant see Custer State Park, the Badlands, AND Deadwood. If I had to pick though, I'd personally choose the badlands and Custer over Deadwood. While interesting from a history standpoint, other than a couple of good museums, Deadwood is largely casino gambling town, and if that doesn't interest you, Deadwood has the potential to get boring rather quickly

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2. Re: Deadwood

Be sure to order a travel planner, or at least look at one on-line, at travelsd.com. It will give you a good idea on the attractions for the area and what you think you'd like to visit. Three days would be a minimum, but 5 would allow you to visit at a more comfortable pace if you can swing it.

Deadwood doesn't interest me as much as Custer SP and the Badlands either. You can certainly plan to stop in Deadwood, but IMO, I don't think you'd need to allot more than a 1/2 day to see the historical components. The Adams House and Museum are quite interesting and should be on your list if you stop. There's a trolley tour of the town, and of course, Mt. Moriah Cemetery, where, Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are buried. The remainder of the town is mainly devoted to gaming as Stratfan mentioned.

Also, if you are looking for a 5 week itinerary from Seattle, I would post your inquiry on the Road Trips forum. There's great people on there who can help you with putting together a US vacation encompassing several areas.

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There are three options for flying in:

1. Rapid City. This puts you right at your destination, but it will cost you. This is a small airport in an isolated area, so prices are usually high.

2. Sioux Falls. You can connect from Chicago or Minneapolis. You will have a boring five hour drive on a four lane 75mph freeway to reach the Black Hills. It would be four hours to the Badlands. This airport is also small. Sioux Falls lies to the east of the Black Hills, as do the Badlands.

3. Denver. This is a large airport and will probably be the cheapest. You will have a boring, extremely isolated six hour drive on mostly two lane roads to reach the Black Hills. If you are also considering seeing Rocky Mountain National Park ,this might be a good option. Denver will be to the southwest.

Having been on the island of Oahu, I can tell you that, with the exception of Denver, you will not encounter any type of heavy big city traffic like you see in Honolulu. In fact, you will go through places that are so isolated, you might not see another car for miles. The biggest thing to know about driving in the western U.S. is to factor days into your itinerary just to get from place to place. For example, from the Black Hills to Yellowstone is a full day's drive. There are bus tours available in the Black Hills area, but you will need a rental car to get from region to region.

Finally, read the Top Question on the South Dakota forum about the best time of year to visit western South Dakota. You do not want to come in the winter when roads in higher elevations are closed due to snow and attractions are closed for the season. You also do not want to come during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which attracts thousands of motorcyclists.

Edited: 3:46 pm, April 12, 2014
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